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Kuroneko aka Yabu no naka no kuroneko (1968)




Kwaidan aka Kaidan (1964)



"Absolutely beautiful in all aspects, this little gem of a ghostly anthology is more an art form than it is a collection of stories. There are no real scares, and some of the endings can be guessed at the outset . Like classical tragedies, these short stories are instead an expose of humanity. The chilling part is how the supernatural world is so naturally integrated into these short films, creating the creepy notion that ghosts are more natural than supernatural. With incredible direction and spectacularly colorful sets, they can be enjoyed as a purely visual treat as well. The acting of course was superb, and the cinematography splendid. Kobayashi has definitely gone to the threshold of storytelling here, and the result is nothing short of brilliant." - Psycho_d


Lady Snowblood aka Shurayukihime (1973)



"Thank you Tarantino for using this flick as an inspiration for Kill Bill, for it pulled this flick out of obscurity and into the general market for the serious moviegoer. Lady Snowblood is a revenge flick that is on par with Lady Vengeance, though this comparison should end right there. Replete with gallons of airborne red paint for blood, this lady samurai flick is much more that just an exploitation flick.
Born ensconced in death, literally, our heroine's main purpose in life is to kill the perpetrators of a vile and personal crime. After some twenty years of arduous training, Lady S. goes out on her spree of vengeance. But this film is more than that. Lady S. shows a trace of humanity as she comes to question her purpose in life.
This one has it all: a brilliant score, wonderful acting, beautiful albeit sometimes shaky cinematography, a solid story, and wonderfully smooth direction. Let us not forget the geysers of blood. A tragic and vengeful must-see for any fan of Asian classics." - Psycho_d


Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968)




Marebito (2004)



"This intense, low budget movie from Takashi Shimizu of Ju-on fame may not be for everybody, but it is a must see for those willing to take a psychological journey beyond the fantastic realms of disturbing terror.
Actor/director Shinya Tsukamoto plays Masuoka, an alienated and voyeuristic freelance cameraman obsessed with what can only be thought of as "the dark terror". Emotionally dead, he begins to seek life in the darkest of places, maybe in an effort to discover truth in ineffable horror. We take this journey with Masuoka mainly through the lens of his digital camera and his dialogue, only to descend onto the abyss of his (or everybody's) madness.
Immensely symbolic with no boundaries of interpretation, this flick is like a cathartic purge of the dark genius of Shimizu, which may not be far from the truth as this complex tale was reportably shot in eight days. For those willing to risk a trip into unspeakable madness and imagery, this wonderful film may be the perfect meal-ticket." - Psycho_d
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Master of the Flying Guillotine aka Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi (1975)




Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People (1963)




Meatball Machine (2005)




Men Behind The Sun aka Hei tai yang 731 (1988)




Mr. Vampire aka Geung si sin sang (1985)



"Forget the holy water, forget the crucifixes and throw away the wooden stakes. None of that is going to help you here. Sticky rice and a couple of sacrificial chickens are going to be of much more use. Just make sure the rice is uncooked…. This is vampire slaying, Hong Kong style!
Lam Ching Ying turns in a fine performance as ‘Uncle Kau’ the one-eye browed Taoist priest. With the help of a pair of bumbling sidekicks, Uncle Kau must do battle with a host of vampires along with an incredibly seductive apparition. Ricky Lau delivers the quintessential kung-fu horror comedy, blending all elements superbly.
Incredible slapstick comedy, indicative of the genre, coupled with quirky fantasy horror provide the perfect platform. Couple that with a solid musical score and impressive cinematography and you have a stylish and entertaining movie which is hard to fault." - Straker
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Nang Nak (1999)




Ninja Scroll aka Jűbei ninpűch˘ (1993)




Noriko's Dinner Table aka Noriko no shokutaku (2005)



"This slow burner of a film is not so much a horror flick as it is a philosophic take on the horrors of isolation and emptiness in society. Building on Shion Sono's Suicide Club, Noriko's Dinner Table takes the viewer to the next level by expounding upon the hollow ubiquity found in community by showing us a solution to the absurd problem of familial and social detachment. Just like instant coffee and 3 minute rice, this flick elicidates the insanity of looking for instant happiness and contentment in the family and in society in general. Of course, the ardent and patient horror fan will be rewarded with some tragic violence, but this one is not a horror flick per se, as much as it is immensely horrific." - Psycho_d


Noroi the Curse (2005)



"It is my humble opinion that this wonderflick by Koji Shiraishi would best be seen without any review other than that it was original and awesome in its own right. That it is scary and that it deserves to be on this top 100 list is more than enough information. Don't even read the back of the DVD cover or the Netflix blurb, just watch and enjoy!" - Psycho_d


Oldboy (2003)

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One Missed Call aka Chakushin ari (2003)




Onibaba (1964)




Paprika (2006)




Perfect Blue (1998)




Phone aka Pon (2002)

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Premonition aka Yogen (2004)




Pulse aka Kairo (2001)




Rampo Noir aka Rampo jigoku (2005)




Re-Cycle aka Gwai wik (2006)



"Starts out a little slow, turning into your everyday Asian ghost story, and then Bam!, not so typical. The visuals were pretty stunning (if ya can forgive the CGI), and i loved how the ending tied most of everything together. The story does sort of try to stuff its philosophic message down your throat, but this does not take away from the story (though it may tap into some repressed guilt). I would say its more an explorative dark Asian fantasy, than an out-and-out Asian horror film." - Psycho_d


Reincarnation aka Rinne (2005)

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Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky aka Lik Wong (1991)




Ringu (1998)




R-Point (2004)




SARS Wars: Bangkok Zombie Crisis aka Khun krabii hiiroh (2004)




Save the Green Planet aka Jigureul jikyeora! (2003)



"Blending genres to the point of being a genre of its own design, this was a wonderfully original flick from South Korea. Don't let the DVD cover fool ya as this wickedly humorous flick is not for the light-hearted nor is it a good choice for the whole family. This one is somehow bizarre yet heart-felt, silly while being a study of cultural tragedies, torturous yet darkly comedic. With great direction and acting, and a delicious soundtrack that jumps back and forth between punk and a string section orchestra, this hidden beauty will sure to be both entertaining as well as moving." - Psycho_d
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Shutter (2004)




Silk aka Gui si (2006)




Spirited Away aka Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)




Spooky Encounters aka Gui da gui (1980)



"Sammo Hung plays the part of ‘Bold’ Cheung, a put upon husband, whose wife is having an affair. Fearful of Cheung, his wife’s lover sets about plotting his demise. Getting him to spend a night in a haunted house seems like a good place to start, right? This is the movie that ushered in the kung-fu horror comedy genre and provides the benchmark by which all others are measured. Brimming with quirky mythology and folklore and punctuated with slapstick martial arts only Sammo can deliver, this is a treat from start to finish.
A movie filled with memorable scenes and stunning choreography that seamlessly blends horror, comedy and action to create a genuine classic. Hopping vampires and ghouls, monkey gods, sacrificial chickens and ancient scriptures, this one has everything. With an ending that is sure to delight, this belongs in everyone’s collection." - Straker


Suicide Club aka Jisatsu sÔkuru (2001)

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Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)




The Echo aka Sigaw (2004)




The Eye aka Gin gwai (2002)




The Green Slime aka Gamma sango uchu daisakusen (1968)




The Happiness of the Katakuris aka Katakuri-ke no k˘fuku (2001)

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The Host aka Gwoemul (2006)




The Quiet Family aka Choyonghan kajok (1998)




The Red Shoes aka Bunhongsin (2005)




The Twins Effect (aka) Vampire Effect aka Chin gei bin (2003)




Tokyo Gore Police aka T˘ky˘ zankoku keisatsu (2008)

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Ugetsu aka Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)



"This uniquely simple movie is also a masterpiece of direction and cinematography.
The story itself is simple. Set in 16th Century Japan, two peasant men follow their dreams of wealth and glory as the country is about to be devastated by war. While the backset shows how the ravages of war torments the peasants to obscenity, this is more a tale of human nature, a tale of greed and vanity, of mistakes made by real people. Men here fight for wealth, fame and power, while the women strive for simple and unadorned security; that men make the greatest of errors does not equate to women being without their faults.
The acting is compelling, with all of the leads portraying their parts with powerful results. The direction is awesome, and the camera-work is wonderful. With splendidly long takes, a camera inconspicuously on the move with flawless intent, and eerie scenes that forbodes what is to come (AKA the boat scene), there is nary a fault to be found in what should be considered as one of the best films ever made." - Psycho_d


Urotsukidoji I: Legend of the Overfiend aka Ch˘jin densetsu Urotsukid˘ji (1989)




Uzumaki (2000)



"Uzumaki is like an apocalyptic tale that starts at a small Japanese town where life is dominated by spirals. Obsession with the ubiquity and deep symbolism of the spiral pattern leads young Shiuchi's father to his doom, but one man's transformation is only the beginning for this isolated community, where time itself seems to be moving in smaller and smaller circles, events faintly repeating themselves with no one able to understand what's happening to them. Only Shiuchi's urgent warnings can prompt his girlfriend Kirie to start looking for a way out. From this bizarre but simple premise, this story grows into something horrific and gradually develops into one of the most strikingly original Japanese horror movies of its era.
In this uncanny tale of horror, the evil is a shape, a spiral that invades the daily lives of the town, causing obsession, madness and eventual death. The shape begins to imprint itself on everything, creeping slowly into the lives and minds of the residents. Because there's something cold and inhuman about spirals - they aren't exactly shapes, but they aren't anything else, either. They’re in their ears, and in the food they eat. Sometimes their bodies twisted into spirals, and even these spirals are often dusted in the clouds, and in escaping steam and smoke. Before you are going to know more about it, you'll realize that spirals are everywhere…like a sign of the weirdest form of human catastrophe that never portrayed on celluloid before. And this makes Uzumaki a film full of dark tricks and red herrings, and it knows that what really scares us is when nothing makes any sense anymore.
Taken from a manga of Junji Ito of the same title, this Japanese treat is somewhat like a cross between Lovecraft and David Lynch creations. For a first time effort for the big screen, director Higuchinsky makes use of the little town atmosphere with a strong cast and a somewhat disorienting directing style to make a classic & very original J-Horror film; and he ended up making this surreal and brilliant masterpiece in the history of Asian Horror cinema." - Roshiq


Vampire Hunter D aka Kyűketsuki hantÔ D (1985)




Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust aka Banpaia hantÔ D (2000)

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